Communications Director, State Affairs

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Environmental Defense Fund

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Remote

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30+ days ago

Overview:
Put your passion and skills to work for the planet. Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time, and we need people like you to help us build a vital Earth — for everyone.

We’re Environmental Defense Fund, a fast-paced nonprofit with a growing staff of more than 850 people in nearly 30 countries. We deliver game-changing solutions that cut climate pollution and strengthen people’s ability to thrive despite the effects climate change is already having. We work wherever we can have the most impact, from local communities to top companies to governments worldwide, and even in space.

Our culture,
values and commitment to diversity make EDF an exciting and meaningful place to work. Every job here makes a difference. Won’t you join us?
Responsibilities :
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The State Affairs program of the Political Affairs department leads EDF’s efforts to achieve our policy goals through the legislative, regulatory, and political systems at the state and local levels. Our lobbyists, communicators, organizers and experts work together to achieve progress on our priority issues.

OVERALL FUNCTION
The Communications Director, State Affairs, will Oversee all communications functions for the State Affairs and Field Ops Teams within Political Affairs.

They will serve as a key point of contact for State Affairs broadly and particularly the state directors. This position involves bringing a state-based communications perspective to advance state-specific policy and goals. This position will also help advance national and federal policy and goals at the state level.

The Communications Director will serve as bridge between State Affairs and senior communications professionals who are supporting workstreams/initiatives at the subnational level in the U.S., ensuring that messaging is consistent around goals and strategies, while also executed in a manner that maximizes impact in the socio-economic context of a given state.

This position also will provide guidance and support to State Directors in securing the appropriate communications capacity to elevate the EDF’s brand as an enduring presence in key states and developing and implementing multi-pronged communications strategies to elevate EDF’s visibility and credibility in key states.

The Communications Director will report to the Senior Communications Director, Political Affairs.

LOCATION
Remote. This role can also be performed in the Austin, Boulder, New York City, Raleigh, and Washington, DC areas on a flexible/hybrid arrangement.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Oversee all communications functions for the State Affairs and field ops teams within Political Affairs.
  • Serve as a key point of contact for State Affairs in the development and implementation of Political Affairs campaigns:
    • Bring a state-based communications perspective to the design of campaigns;
    • Provide advanced notice to state directors on the timing and scale of upcoming campaigns, so that they can be integrated with ongoing work;
    • Mobilize state directors and field ops teams to execute campaign communications in relevant media markets for targeted members of congress.
  • Serve as bridge between State Affairs and senior communications professionals who are supporting workstreams/initiatives at the subnational level in the U.S., ensuring that messaging is consistent around goals and strategies, while also executed in a manner that maximizes impact in the socio-economic context of a given state.
  • Provide guidance and support to state directors in securing the appropriate communications capacity to elevate the EDF’s brand as an enduring presence in key states.
  • Provide guidance and support to state directors in developing and implementing multi-pronged communications strategies to elevate EDF’s visibility and credibility in key states.
  • Supervise program operations, including development and oversight of strategies, budgets and workplans for key programmatic initiatives.
  • Build program visibility among key stakeholder groups and impact through leveraged partnerships and network expansion.
  • Provide subject matter expertise and thought leadership internally and externally, and engage academics, scientists, policy experts, and others to solve complex climate challenges.
  • Engage with media to advance project objectives and communicate project results to a broad array of audiences.
  • Participate in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • At least 10 years direct program experience; or advanced degree with 8 years relevant experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work constructively with nonprofit colleagues and partners, scientists, economists, industry, utilities, regulators and public policy decision makers.
  • Proven ability to use communications as a tool to achieve policy goals.
  • Ability to strategize and implement communications projects across multiple platforms for maximum impact in environmental, political, and legal space.
  • Track record of producing national and regional media coverage.
  • Experience building a public platform for leaders within a company or organization.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.

TRAVEL
Up to 25% travel
Pay Ranges:
We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization. We take into account factors such as candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and local norms.

The pay range for this role is shown below.

Please note that pay ranges are country specific. As a result, the stated currency is not meant be converted into any other currency.

Minimum Salary: USD $115,000.00/Yr. Maximum Salary: USD $130,000.00/Yr. EEO Information:
Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.